Never mind Caesar, Hail the Coen Brothers!

“Would that it were so simple” – Alden Ehrenreich as ‘Hobie Doyle’ Hail, Caesar! is the latest in a long line of superior movies made by the Coen brothers.  Their formula of creating interesting stories and characters, assembling outstanding casts … Read more

You should invest in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Wolf of Wall Street'
Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” – the real Jordan Belfort

The movie The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, a man whose story had already inspired one movie, Boiler Room.  Martin Scorsese’s film is a much better movie, and offers more insight into a man for whom there was never enough.  Never enough money.  Never enough sex.  Never enough drugs.  Jordan Belfort should be made the poster boy for the era of conspicuous consumption that went on in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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‘This Is The End’ has laughs, weed, and just maybe the end of the world

From left to right: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride fight to survive the apocalypse in 'This is the End'
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride fight to survive the apocalypse in ‘This is the End’

Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel are very close friends in real life, and that friendship is where This Is The End begins. Jay’s come to the L.A. area to visit his friend Seth, and after spending hours smoking weed and doing other fun stuff, Seth wants to take Jay to a party at James Franco’s house. Jay doesn’t want to go, because he believes none of Seth’s friends like him. However Seth promises to stay by his side the whole time and Jay accedes to Seth’s desires and goes to the party.

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‘This Is the End’ has lots of laughs… and heart

James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen fight to survive the apocalypse in 'This is the End'
James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen fight to survive the apocalypse in ‘This is the End’

[rating=3]Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride
Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

I’m a little mad at this movie. Mad because I had so many puns on the title to use to describe how terrible it is. But that’s not the case at all.

This Is the End accomplishes the basic goal of being funny, yet has depth to it that the serious disaster movies could learn a thing or two from.

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‘The Watch’ won’t make you look at yours

Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Vince Vaughn in 'The Watch'
Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Vince Vaughn in ‘The Watch’

The Watch is all about four guys who band together in an ordinary town in Ohio to solve a murder, keep their town safe, and in the minds of three of them, have a great time while doing those two things.  Whatever else The Watch may be, the most important thing to remember is that it passes the acid test for comedies.  It is funny.  Laugh out loud funny in places.

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’21 Jump Street’ is funny sh*t

[rating=3]Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco
Director(s): Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Writer(s): Michael Bacall (screenplay), Bacall and Jonah Hill (story) based on the TV series by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum co-star in '21 Jump Street'
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum co-star in ’21 Jump Street’

If the formula for 21 Jump Street, from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (they previously directed Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs together) seems familiar, that’s because it should.  25 years ago, Fox Television wanted to show they had an edge and they found it with 21 Jump Street, a gritty drama about cops going undercover at local high schools.  It launched the career of Johnny Depp and managed to last four seasons.  The same year that Jump Street debuted, another gritty television cop show was being reimagined on the big screen.

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